LOWELL -- It's not often the Class A Lowell Spinners start the season with an accomplished Major Leaguer on their roster.
Friday will be one of those rare occasions.
Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres will be in uniform for the Spinners on Friday night when they open the 2014 season at LeLacheur Park against the Vermont Lake Monsters (7 p.m.).
The Boston Red Sox signed the 36-year-old Torres to a minor league contract on Wednesday. He played 103 games for the Giants last year before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last August. He became a free agent after the 2013 season.
The switch-hitter has played 650 Major League games. He made his biggest mark in 2010, when he batted leadoff and played center field for the Giants and helped the club win the World Series.
That season, he batted .268 with 16 home runs, 63 RBI, 84 runs, 43 doubles, eight triples and 26 stolen bases.
The Red Sox have lacked offensive production from outfielders so far this season, and are looking for help.
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